The Falcons were not great on offense by any means. Without their leader in Wentz, I see the Philly offense getting smothered by the Falcons defense. They started 4-4, barely squeaked into the postseason, and then upset the Los Angeles Rams on the road in the wild-card round to move on. I don't trust the Nick-Foles-led Eagles any more than the next bettor.
David: The Eagles were my Super Bowl favorite until star quarterback Carson Wentz went down with a season-ending injury. Agholor has enjoyed a 22% target rate with Foles, compared with 16% with Wentz under center. He spoke anonymously - "probably best if you don't run a name with this" - and cautioned about his picks "don't bet the college fund for the kids on what I'm saying" - but this general manager sits with his team out of the playoffs and eager to watch the Divisional Round. Hopefully they did not spend too much time celebrating because the New England Patriots are ready for them. Quarterback Case Keenum has shocked the nation, coming off the bench to spark a prolific offense. I don't see anyway that the Patriots don't win this game. Running back Derrick Henry took some of the pressure off him, but he made big plays at big moments including his pass to himself that he ran in for a touchdown.
Sorry not sorry to the Philadelphia Eagles, but Atlanta has a bigger chip on its shoulder and more to play for.
Unfortunately for the Titans, they get the reward of traveling to New England and taking on quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots. Jacksonville is a team that can play with anyone. Patriots win 31-20. With that in mind, it's imperative that Steelers offensive tackles Alejandro Villanueva and Marcus Gilbert keep them in check in order for Pittsburgh to win this game. Blake Bortles struggles to complete screen passes, passes to the flat, and his deep ball might be the worst in the league, but he was able to run for enough first downs to sneak past the Bills with a victory.
The Jacksonville Jaguars won a defensive slugfest over the Buffalo Bills and the NFL's top-ranked defense picked off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times on October 8. I say this is with good reason! It's a nice stat for the defense and these guys take a lot of pride in it but this is about the team, so whatever records the defense sets or the offense sets, it's about the team. In the first matchup, the Steelers have gone from a 7-point home favorite up to a 7.5-point fave to beat the Jaguars in a rematch of a regular-season meeting between these two teams.
New Orleans Saints running back Zach Line (42).
One is for sure - four teams and the former Seminoles on their roster will be happy come Sunday night while four others will be making tee times for the offseason. The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Case Keenum have been proving doubters wrong all year long on their march to a 13-3 record. The total for this game has stayed steady as well, opening at 47 points and staying at that number throughout the week. Minnesota has talent, terrific coaching, and they have the once in a lifetime opportunity of playing in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Even so, I expect him to put up a decent performance against the Saints defense, which is mediocre, to put it lightly.
"But Drew Brees showed us last week how special of a quarterback he is". The defense has question marks, but this unit consistently makes critical plays.